Richard Wilson

On Hounslow Heath

?exhibited 1770

Not on display

Richard Wilson 1713–1782
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 425 × 527 mm
frame: 610 × 730 × 73 mm
Presented by R.E.A. Wilson and M. Oliver 1929

Display caption

The view shows the watermeadows beside the River Crane. This area of Hounslow Heath was not known for its beauty or cultural significance. Instead, the attraction of this picture lies in the beauty of the sky and the reflections in the water. In this it is an example of a new type of landscape view, designed to bring a vision of a rural idyll into the city dweller's home. The picture was commissioned by Tom Davies, who was a Bloomsbury bookseller, and one of a growing number of middle-class urban patrons of English landscape subjects.

Gallery label, September 2004

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